Josh Smith (left, 6'9 280) from Kentwood HS in Seattle is said to be the #1 target for Pitino and his staff to complete out the 2010 class. Courier-Journal writer Jody Demling wrote in his blog that Walter McCarty was scheduled to visit Smith this past Wednesday in Seattle as the majority, if not all of the '10 attention will be focused on the big man. If the staff lands Smith, the Cards will have a sure-fire Top 5 class on the low end. Smith and fellow recruit Jeremy Tyler are said to be 1-2 in their class. Langford and Martin are Top 30-40 overall players. Pair those guys with PG Peyton Siva of the '09 class and the Cards would maintain national prominence for at least the next 5 years subject to jumping to the pros and under-performance. Nothing will ever compare to Michigan's Fab 5 again (first off, Jurich doesn't have 350 grand to give players) but this potential class would be close.
The only problem I see is lack of depth at the point guard position in that class. Andre McGee graduates this year and Sosa next. That leaves us with '09 PG recruit Peyton Siva (right), a senior Preston Knowles (we saw what happened when they tried Taquan Dean at point) and possibly Kyle Kuric as options at the point. If poor play at the point leads to misfortune this year, I expect Pitino to figure out a way to get another player in there. Whether it be taking a scholly from somebody or taking in a transfer, someone needs to be paired with Siva going into the 2010-11 season at the point.
The point guard thing may be nit-picking, but we all know guard play is essential in achieving our ultimate goal, the national title. If a back-up PG is all we're going to need I'm not too worried.
Here are some various links about the guys....
ESPN RISE - Peyton Siva continuing Franklin Tradition
Jody Demling - Langford starts strong
Justin Martin Interview on Sports Night available within the hour.....